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Standard-sized bags (preferably soft bags), backpacks or soft cases only are permitted on our journeys. Your baggage should be clearly labeled and kept to a reasonable minimum. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles and trains is limited. Many flights booked through Travel Indochina (domestic and international) have a luggage limit of 20 kilograms (44 pounds) per person. You may be required to carry your own luggage at times where porters are not available – you should be capable of carrying your own bags on and off trains, and up and down stairs. If you are doing lots of shopping during your travels, it may be necessary for you to forward any excess to the city where your tour concludes, or ship purchases directly home. Keeping the amount of luggage you carry in check will ensure your safety and comfort, and the safety and comfort of your fellow travelers. Porterage is not included in the cost of your journey; please ensure you pay porters around $1USD per person for carrying your luggage. Should you wish to avoid such payments, please carry and take responsibility for your luggage. Comfortable, casual clothing made of cotton is best in tropical and semi-tropical climates, and packing one set of smart casual clothes is advisable. Laundry services are available throughout Vietnam, although laundry costs in some city hotels can be expensive. We suggest you bring:

  • Flat walking shoes & sandals
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Swimming attire
  • Money belt
  • Lightweight waterproof coat or umbrella
  • Basic first aid kit (see below)
  • Alarm clock
  • Small torch (flashlight)
  • Power adapter
  • Women’s sanitary products
  • Slide film or any specialized camera equipment (print film is available in main towns)
  • Ear plugs
  • Day pack – for carrying items on touring days
  • Jumper/coat/thermals – if visiting in winter or mountainous high altitude areas

Please note that the medicine if you are under medication, please do not forget to pack enough medicine for your entire trip; your brands of medicines may not be available in abroad.